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Religion is an important part of most human experience. Religious understanding informs and shapes politics, literature, philosophy, art and science as well as the daily life of millions around the globe. An understanding of religious traditions is critical to understanding our shared past and present and to navigating toward our shared future.
Students who pursue the BA program in religious studies come from a wide diversity of faiths, cultural backgrounds and intellectual interests. What many find fascinating and exciting about religious studies is that it draws from a wide variety of disciplines --- history, philosophy, anthropology, literature, political science and theology, to name a few. Course offerings reflect a diversity of approaches (historical, anthropological, ethical and theological); regions (North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia) and traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Native American traditions).
Religious Studies (BA)
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Students interested in careers in local, state, regional and national communities find transdisciplinary encouragement and support in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in religious studies. Students who are attracted to international study find the undergraduate program rich in multicultural coursework and study abroad opportunities. Religious studies students find many opportunities for practical experience leading to careers in the academic study of religion, in public service, in governmental and nongovernmental agencies and in professional careers in a variety of organizations, including all of the helping professions.
Religious studies graduates have gone on to careers in such fields as diplomacy, development and teaching. Other students have pursued professional degrees in areas such as law, public policy and counseling.